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Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal

Overcrowded families

Overcrowded families


A family living in a crowded one-bedroom flat, as that was all they could afford, won a landmark Court of Appeal ruling that could result in families freed from cramped living conditions. The couple brought a judicial review against Southwark Council, which claimed they deliberately rented the flat to push themselves to the top of the housing waiting list, so they were placed in the ‘non-urgent’ band 4 on the housing list. In fact, they did not know their housing rights. The court ruled they should be placed in band 1.
18 December 2020